10/09/2012

Gran Clot dels Oms Blanc 2010

Producer: Finca Ca n’Estella
Wine Name: Gran Clot dels Oms White
Type: White
Wine Region/ Appellation Penedès
Vintage: 2010
Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Guide Price: 15 €

Our Rating: +++++ (5)




About the area

Penedès  is an area located in Catalonia (north-east Spain) and includes all Penedès region and municipalities of four other counties: Anoia, Alt Camp, Baix Llobregat and Tarragonès.

The wine-growing region is divided into three main subzones: Alt Penedès (low yield and high quality), Baix Penedès and Penedès Central.

The region has a highly varied geology characterised by very poor-quality, well-drained soils of mostly Miocene sediments, both continental and maritime, with occasional quaternary deposits. The sandy, clay-like soil is poor in organic matter and rocky in the main.

Extending from the low-lying plains of the Baix Penedès to the more temperate peaks of the Alt Penedès, the region is suited to growing an unusually wide range of grape varieties. The more typical Spanish black grapes (Garnacha,Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cariñena, among others) are found in the hot and humid coastal plains, as the land rises whites become increasingly common.
On this higher inland terrain Spanish Xarel·lo and Macabeo grapes form the overwhelming majority, but Penedès growers have long experimented with small plantations of French and German strains. Growers have more recently introduced notable quantities of Muscat, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay largely to diversify the range of grapes available for blending, which plays such an important role in cava production. The Alt Penedès has vineyards which rank amongst the highest in Europe at up to 800 m above sea level, where the native Parellada is the dominant variety.

About the wine

The wine was made only from the chardonnay grape variety, grown on the Chacó vineyard.

Once harvested, grapes were destemmed and then gently pressed. The must was left to separate for 24 hours at 15ºC. Once the solid particles were removed, leaving a clean must, it was placed in oak barrels, where it was left to ferment for a period of four months in contact with lees.

Finca Ca n’Estella produce 4.600 bottles of this cuvee.

Tasting

Light yellow and golden reflections. Enticing nose of ripe citrus fruits (lime), bitter almond, fennel, vanilla-infused, toasted oak.

Remarkably full palate with a refined texture supported by lingering freshness. Salty and mineral. Butter and fennel again. Persistent. A very compelling wine.

Will be a great pairing  with duck, or with strong rice dishes such as “arroz negro” (black paella).

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